Thursday, September 9, 2010

Centralized rule aggravating People’s woes: Lok Satta

Torrential rains this year have once again exposed how centralized administration plays havoc with common people’s lives, commented the Lok Satta Party here today.

The administration has come to a virtual standstill with the Chief Minister ailing, the Cabinet divided on regional lines, a fight raging for the Chief Minister’s seat and some Ministers preoccupied with covering up corruption charges against them.

Talking to the media, party leaders Katari Srinivasa Rao and Eda Chennayya said that as a result of the the paralysis in administration people had to endure hardships ranging from fertilized scarcity to flooded homes and fields, water and air-borne diseases and cratered roads. Private hospitals and laboratories in Coastal Andhra are fleecing fever-hit people in the name of patelet infusions.

The Lok Satta leaders said that the people would not have gone through such hardship had powers, responsibilities, resources and personnel been devolved on local governments. They would have attended to problems as they arose and provided relief.

The remarks of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Mayor that officials had not heeded her appeals for road repairs for the last one month eloquently testified to the centralized nature of administration.

The party leaders said district tours by Ministers and the Chief Minister in the name of ‘Praja Patham’ would amount to an eye-wash so long as powers and resources are not devolved upon locally elected people’s representatives.

1 comment:

  1. Sir,
    This thinking has been going on for the past few decades. So far no decentralisation of powers from top to bottomce.Atleast now will it be taken place ?